Finally decided it was time to invest in a PC as I'd only ever had mediocre laptops. Use it for gaming and graphic design, will probably see some audio recording components added at some point. In the span of the past 3ish months this hobby has absolutely consumed me.
Spent an entire month comparing components, prices, combos, etc and built it mid-August. Since the initial build I've added a Noctua slim fan for exhaust, upgraded from an MSI Armor 570 8gb to an XFX Radeon 5700, and added an HDD to store files I don't need often.
Really the only thing I'm unhappy with is cable management, but all the case cables cannot be tucked behind and also reach their headers. It looks pretty shabby but uhh... yeah there's nothing I can do about it.
Performs as advertised, powerful enough for everything I use my PC for.
I don't overclock so this AIO keeps my CPU cool enough, RGB looks good. Tubes are incredibly stiff and I had a very difficult time mounting the radiator to my case. The heatsink on my mobo combined with the layout of my case made it quite difficult to position where it wouldn't touch. There's room for 2 120mm fans on the top of the case, and I had to mount it slightly offset into the 2nd space.
Cheapest 570 mobo I could find. Heatsink is kinda tall, and there's not a whole lot of fan headers.
RAM is RAM, no complaints here.
For my OS, performs as advertised.
Performs as advertised.
Got it free from work. performs as advertised.
It's a reference card(I think?) with a blower fan, which I think sums it up pretty well. Got it on sale for $289 at Newegg. Not the greatest 5700 card, but $289 is a great price.
Blower fan is a... blower fan.
The cheapest decent case, it fit my budget, but if I were to go back and do it again I would definitely devote a little extra cash to a nicer case. Cable management isn't fun. Not a lot of areas for routing/tying, so the majority of your cables are all going through the same holes. Screws are incredibly prone to stripping.
It gets the job done, and that's about all I can say.
Got it on sale for $50ish I wanna say, very glad I opted for a fully modular PSU.
I respect a company that values performance over aesthetic. Incredibly quiet, box comes with 2 mounting options, extended cable, cable splitter, and low noise cable.
I wanted the 25mm version, but I was worried about it clashing with my mobo heatsink as I already had problems with that, went for the slim version just to make sure it would fit.